We keep hearing about the horrid struggle our country is facing when it comes to labor. Covid-19 took a toll on airline companies all over the nation. Countless airlines announced they were going to furlough their loyal employees because Americans put a halt on travel. Although many Americans are headed back to work again, there are still several companies that are begging for employees.

American Airlines is among the companies realizing they have a serious staffing shortage. This past weekend the airline was forced to cancel hundreds of flights. The worst part it doesn't seem to be a fluke or a one-week type of situation. Expect this issue to last until the beginning of August.

According to KSLA 12, American Airlines had at least "120 cancellations on Saturday alone and is projecting at least 50 to 80 flight cancellations a day going forward." Yeah, you read that right. The airline is anticipating at least 80 flight cancellations per day moving forward.

The airline blames the labor shortage and the recent travel boosts. It's summer in America, did we really think we all would stay put and not go vacation after a year of being locked up at home?

Here is why this concerns us in the Ark-La-Tex, according to KSLA 12 the hub that will be affected most is the Dallas-Fort Worth hub. Every single time I have flown out of Shreveport, I always catch my connecting flight in DFW. So, while this may not directly impact our Shreveport airport, this labor shortage has the potential to impact your connecting flight.

What happens if you have a fun trip planned soon and you booked through American Airlines? The answer isn't fun, you'll have to keep a close eye on your flights. Chances are that you will see some changes in flights and that can really ruin a vacation. I recommend downloading the American Airlines app and monitoring your flight daily. Especially the days leading up to your travel.

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